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Syllabi for 10 Real College Pop-Culture Classes We’d Love to Take

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Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame

School: University of South Carolina

Course Description: “Within a framework of the sociology of popular culture and music, this course focuses on the rise of Lady Gaga to her status as a pop music icon. The central objective of this course is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga. Specific attention will be devoted to the role of: business and marketing; entertainment law; the old and new media; fans and live shows; gay culture; religion and political activism; sex and gender; and the city of New York.

“This is not a course in music or cultural studies. Although some familiarity with the artistry of Lady Gaga will be useful, this course instead focuses on the societal contexts of Lady Gaga’s rise to fame. These social issues, furthermore, are explored from a scholarly perspective that is grounded in the theoretical traditions of sociology. Thus, this is not a course in Lady Gaga but in sociology; and it is not a course about Lady Gaga as much as about the culture of the fame as exemplified by the career of Lady Gaga.”

Sample Readings:

Deflem, Mathieu. “Marketing Monster: Selling the Fame of Lady Gaga.”

Martin, Peter J. Sounds and Society: Themes in the Sociology of Music.

Corona, Victor P. “Memory, Monsters, and Lady Gaga.”

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